- Dusk is defined as the time of day when it is defined as just starting to get dark.
An example of dusk is around 7 p.m. in the summer.
A beach at dusk.
Origin of duskMiddle English by metathesis ; from Old English dox, dark-colored: for Indo-European base see dun
- the time of evening when it is beginning to get dark; dim part of twilight
- gloom; dusky quality
intr. & tr.v.dusked, dusk·ing, dusks
Origin of duskFrom Middle English, dark, alteration of Old English dox.
(third-person singular simple present dusks, present participle dusking, simple past and past participle dusked)
- (intransitive) to begin to lose light or whiteness; to grow dusk
- To make dusk.
(comparative dusker, superlative duskest)
- Tending to darkness or blackness; moderately dark or black; dusky.
From Middle English dosk, duske (adj., “dusky”), from Old English dox (“dark, swarthy”), from Proto-Germanic *duskaz (“dark, smoky”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūs (cf. Old Irish donn 'dark', Latin fuscus 'dark, dusky', Sanskrit dhūsaras 'dust-colored'), from *dhū, dheu- 'to smoke, dust'. More at dye. Related to dust.